To what extent is evidence-based practice currently a reality in UK policing?

Research Institution / Organisation

University of Southampton

Principal Researcher

Mike Hope

Level of Research


Project Start Date

March 2020

Research Context

‚ÄčThe research design is still being considered but the initial plan is to conduct a quantitative survey with a number of forces to gather some initial data. This will be followed with ethnographic research in a number of forces consisting of observations and interviews.

As part of the research process, the researcher is undertaking a self-service web-based survey, which is being distributed across different UK police organisations. The purpose of the questionnaire is to capture participant understanding and experience of evidence-based practice in their workplace. There are also questions regarding their knowledge, experience and opinion of related matters such as professionalization, police training and academic research. 

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Research Methodology

The project aims to gather data to contribute to the understanding of how well evidence-based practice (EBP) is currently being adopted by UK police forces.

The research seeks to identify if barriers exist to prevent EBP becoming embedded in a Force and what can be learnt where EBP has become embedded in a force. The research will also explore the role of organisational culture in the adoption of EBP by forces along with leadership, training and whether some policing functions are more suited to EBP than others.

Date due for completion

April 2023
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